Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tale Collection

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Hans Christian Andersen’s books, fairy tales, and short stories have enchanted and inspired children and adults for generations! Written in the 1800s, many of his amazing fairy tales and stories are still just as popular today as they were back then!

With over 150 fairy tales, including favorites like The Little Mermaid, The Ugly Duckling, The Snow Queen, The Princess And The Pea, and The Emperor’s New Clothes, Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales are known for their adventure, fantastical creatures, and deeper themes and messages that still resonate with people today.

Here you will find a collection and list of Hans Christian Andersen’s most popular fairy tales that you can download in PDF format or read online if you prefer.

But first…

About Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen was a Danish author who was born on the 2nd of April 1805. And although he wrote many plays, novels, and poems he is most well-known for his amazing fairy tales, many of which you can find here!

1860 Photograph Of Hans Chrisitan Andersen
Source: Franz Hanfstaengl

Hans Chrisitan Andersen was born into a poor family and his father passed away when he was very young. He had a difficult personal life and struggled with relationships. It is also said that he battled with anxiety and depression over the years with many of his fairy tales reflecting his personal experiences and challenges.

You will notice that in many of his fairy tales, there is often a sense of longing for acceptance and finding a place to call home.

As an example, in “The Ugly Duckling”, the duckling is teased and shunned because he is different until eventually, after a long and hard struggle, he finds acceptance with swans who see him as one of their own.

Despite Hans Christian Andersen’s many personal struggles he was determined to succeed and since then has become one of the most well-known storytellers in history! His stories have been translated into over 125 different languages and the themes and messages they carry seem to resonate with people from all walks of life.

Hans Christian Anderson’s Fairy Tales PDF Books

Our collection of fairy tales includes some of Andersen’s most well-known short stories and fairy tales. You can download each storybook in PDF format which you can easily print if you would like to. Alternatively, you can also read each story online.

So far we have the following Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales in our collection:

Find a list of Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales, at the bottom of this page.

The Ice Maiden Story in PDF Format

The Ice Maiden – Hans Christian Andersen

The Ice Maiden story is a haunting short story that was written by Hans Christian Andersen in the 1800s. It is one of his longer stories and it is also one of his darker tales that might not be entirely the best choice for kids. The Ice Maiden story takes place in Switzerland where Rudy lives with his grandfather. As a child,…

The Little Match Girl Story In PDF Format

The Little Match Girl – Hans Christian Andersen

The Little Match Girl story, or The Little Match-Seller, is a touching fairy tale that was written by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen in the 1800s. It is a timeless story that has touched people’s hearts for decades. The Little Match Girl book follows the story of a young girl as she struggles to survive on a bitterly cold New…

The Little Mermaid Story In PDF Format

The Little Mermaid – Hans Christian Andersen

The Little Mermaid story was written by the famous Danish author and storyteller Hans Christian Andersen along with many other amazing stories and fairy tales such as “The Ugly Duckling“. Although it was written way back in the early 1900s it was made popular by Disney’s 1989 classic “The Little Mermaid” which many of us grew up with! For those who aren’t…

The Princess and The Pea Story

The Princess And The Pea – Hans Christian Andersen

The Princess And The Pea story is a wonderful fairy tale that was written by Hans Christian Andersen. This is one of his shorter fairy tales but it is also one of his most well-known. The story begins with us being introduced to a prince who is destined to be the king of a faraway kingdom. The prince desperately wants to…

The Shepherdess And The Chimney Sweep Story in PDF Format

The Shepherdess And The Chimney Sweep – Hans Christian Andersen

“The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep” is a wonderful short story written by Hans Christian Andersen. The original fairy tale was first published in 1845 and it tells the tale of two porcelain figurines – one a shepherdess and one a chimney sweep. The shepherdess and the chimney sweep love each other and are incredibly close but one day, another figurine,…

The Snow Queen Story

The Snow Queen – Hans Christian Andersen

If you are looking for a fairy tale full of adventure then The Snow Queen story could be exactly what you are looking for! Written by Hans Christian Andersen and published all the way back in 1844, the story follows the journey of a young girl named Gerda, who is on a quest to save her friend Kay from the mysterious Snow…

The Ugly Duckling Story

The Ugly Duckling – Hans Christian Anderson

The Ugly Duckling story was written by Hans Christian Anderson and was published for the first time in 1843 (download a free copy of The Ugly Duckling PDF by clicking the button down below). Hans Christian Anderson was a Danish author and poet who has become known for his many other fairy tales including The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Little…

The Thumbelina Story in PDF Format

Thumbelina – Hans Christian Andersen

The Thumbelina story is a beautiful fairy tale written by the legendary Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. In this wonderful children’s bedtime story, we are introduced to a tiny girl named Thumbelina who was born from a flower and is no bigger than a thumb! One day Thumbelina is kidnapped by a rather disagreeable toad who wants her to marry his…

A List of Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales

Hans Christian Anderson wrote 156 fairy tales that have been translated into over 125 languages. I wasn’t able to find a complete list that was accurate so I created my own list with stories taken from the following books: Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen, Hans Andersen’s Fairy Tales (Second Series), Andersen’s Fairy Tales.

If there are any particular fairy tales in this list that you would like me to create a PDF book for, please let me know in the comments section below!

  • A Cheerful Temper
  • A Great Grief
  • A Leaf from Heaven
  • A Rose from Homer’s Grave
  • A Story
  • A Story from the Sand-hills
  • Anne Lisbeth
  • Beauty of Form and Beauty of Mind
  • Buckwheat
  • By the Almshouse Window
  • Children’s Prattle
  • Delaying is not Forgetting
  • Everything in the Right Place
  • Grandmother
  • Holger Danske
  • Ib and Little Christina
  • In a Thousand Years
  • In the Nursery
  • In the Uttermost Parts of the Sea
  • Jack the Dullard
  • Little Claus and Big Claus
  • Little Ida’s Flowers
  • Little Tuk
  • Ole the Tower-keeper
  • Ole-Luk-Oie, the Dream God
  • Our Aunt
  • Poultry Meg’s Family
  • She was Good for Nothing
  • Something
  • Soup from a Sausage Skewer
  • The Angel
  • The Beetle who went on his Travels
  • The Bell
  • The Bell-deep
  • The Bird of Popular Song
  • The Bishop of Borglum and his Warriors
  • The Bottle Neck
  • The Brave Tin Soldier
  • The Buckwheat
  • The Butterfly
  • The Child in the Grave
  • The Daisy
  • The Darning-Needle
  • The Dream of Little Tuk
  • The Drop of Water
  • The Dryad
  • The Dumb Cook
  • The Elderbush
  • The Elf of the Rose
  • The Elfin Hill
  • The Emperor’s New Clothes
  • The False Collar
  • The Farm-yard Cock and the Weather-cock
  • The Fir Tree
  • The Flax
  • The Flying Trunk
  • The Garden of Paradise
  • The Girl Who Trod on the Loaf
  • The Goblin and the Huckster
  • The Golden Treasure
  • The Goloshes of Fortune
  • The Happy Family
  • The Ice Maiden
  • The Jewish Maiden
  • The Jumper
  • The Last Dream of the Old Oak
  • The Last Pearl
  • The Leap-Frog
  • The Little Elder-tree Mother
  • The Little Match Girl
  • The Little Mermaid
  • The Loveliest Rose in the World
  • The Mail-coach Passengers
  • The Marsh King’s Daughter
  • The Metal Pig
  • The Money-box
  • The Naughty Boy
  • The Neighbouring Families
  • The Nightingale
  • The Old Bachelor’s Nightcap
  • The Old Church Bell
  • The Old Grave-stone
  • The Old House
  • The Old Street Lamp
  • The Pea Blossom
  • The Pen and the Inkstand
  • The Philosopher’s Stone
  • The Phoenix Bird
  • The Porter’s Son
  • The Portuguese Duck
  • The Princess and the Pea
  • The Psyche
  • The Puppet-show Man
  • The Races
  • The Real Princess
  • The Red Shoes
  • The Saucy Boy
  • The Shadow
  • The Shepherdess And The Chimney Sweep
  • The Shepherdess and the Sheep
  • The Shepherd’s Story of the Bond of Friendship
  • The Shirt-collar
  • The Shoes of Fortune
  • The Silver Shilling
  • The Snail and the Rose-tree
  • The Snow Man
  • The Snow Queen
  • The Snowdrop
  • The Storks
  • The Storm Shakes the Shield
  • The Story of a Mother
  • The Story of the Wind
  • The Story of the Year
  • The Sunbeam and the Captive
  • The Swan’s Nest
  • The Swineherd
  • The Teapot
  • The Thistle’s Experiences
  • The Thorny Road of Honor
  • The Tinder-box
  • The Toad
  • The Top and Ball
  • The Travelling Companion
  • The Ugly Duckling
  • The Wicked Prince
  • The Wild Swans
  • The Will-o-the-Wisp in the Town, Says the Wild Woman
  • The Windmill
  • There Is No Doubt About It
  • Thumbelina
  • Two Brothers
  • Two Maidens
  • Under the Willow Tree
  • What Happened To The Thistle
  • What One Can Invent
  • What The Goodmand Does Is Always Right
  • What the Moon Saw
  • What the Old Man Does is Always Right